I was unable to identify the center cluster of material, but it contributed to a gentle still life. I love the variations in texture, and wish I could better capture them.
It is a different sort of tide line that presents itself at Joggins Fossil Cliffs, and other pebble beaches. Where I usually look for compositions that prominently include marine life (plant and/or animal) on a sand background, pebble beaches do not offer this sort of tableau. Instead, a pebble-beach tide line is a puzzle of shapes and textures that almost require a refocusing of one’s eye and thoughts before focusing a camera lens.
Joggins is an evolving, shifting beach because of the constant erosion of the cliffs, coupled with dramatic high tides. The result is a beach (and tideline) that is littered with new-fallen shale, as well as with stones and pebbles that are well eroded. New fossils are revealed with every new cliff-fall, and can easily be found in many of the eroded stones.
This still life does not have any fossils that I can see, but the textures and colors in the shale and stones create a pleasing and somewhat dynamic photograph. I notice new things about it every time I look at it.
A piece of coal, well eroded and washed ashore is perfectly aligned with a bit of dune grass that was blown to the tide line by a strong west-wind. Together on the sand they present a trio of lovely textures and colors.
A note on the coal: a scuba dive leader once told us before a dive to look for old, worn coal on the bottom, and told that in that particular area it had come from steamers at sea; some of them lost at sea. When bits of rounded coal wash ashore, I wonder if they have come from a similar source.
Monochromatic. Textured. Simplistic. This buried feather offers a delicate foil to the surrounding, blowing sand. Once airborne, now earth-bound, it remains graceful.
I love the textures and patterns found in sea plants – not surprising since I also love gardening. In fact, I am know to lag behind during a dive to linger at a bit of unusual algae. When a lovely … Continue reading
This small bit of gull down did not budge from the mussel, despite the breeze. The delicacy of the soft white down on top of the dark, tough shell was a perfect pairing. I love looking at differences in texture, … Continue reading
How this tiny, delicate shell did not wash out with a retreating wave, I do not know. The arrangement was a happy find, though. Subtle colors and varied textures fashioned a lovely still life.